CO-WORKER SAYS HAUN TALKED ABOUT SORCERY.Byline: Jesse Jesse (jĕs`ē), in the Bible, the descendant of Rahab, the grandson of Boaz and Ruth, and the father of David. Referring to the restoration of the Davidic monarchy, the Book of Isaiah speaks of a shoot coming from the "stump of Jesse. Hiestand / Daily News Staff Writer
Diana Diana, in Roman religion
Diana (dīăn`ə), in Roman religion, goddess of the moon, forests, animals, and women in childbirth. She was probably originally a forest goddess and a special patroness of women. Haun said she was a witch who cast spells and planned to do a human sacrifice human sacrifice
Offering of the life of a human being to a god. In some ancient cultures, the killing of a human being, or the substitution of an animal for a person, was an attempt to commune with the god and to participate in the divine life. , a co-worker testified Monday during Haun's trial in the killing of Sherri Dally.
Teresa Estrella, who worked with Haun at a Vons supermarket in Oxnard, said she became scared when Haun spoke of black magic. ``It scared the hell out of me,'' said the 22-year-old Estrella.
Haun, 36, is charged with kidnapping kidnapping, in law, the taking away of a person by force, threat, or deceit, with intent to cause him to be detained against his will. Kidnapping may be done for ransom or for political or other purposes. and murdering Dally, the wife of Haun's lover, Michael Dally, in May 1996. Like Haun, Michael Dally is charged with murder and faces the death penalty, with his trial scheduled to follow.
A nervous Estrella testified that she and Haun were working together in the deli of the Vons supermarket when Haun spoke of the occult on two separate occasions in March 1996.
Haun introduced the subject by saying she had cast a spell on a supermarket checker check·er
a. One, such as an inspector or examiner, that checks.
b. One that receives items for temporary safekeeping or for shipment: a baggage checker.
2. without giving a reason why that person was targeted, Estrella said.
``I guess she made it sound like (the spell) was a success because the lady did go out on a leave of absence,'' Estrella said.
Estrella said she declined Haun's invitation to cast a spell together, though she provided the defendant with a rusty rust·y
adj. rust·i·er, rust·i·est
1. Covered with rust; corroded.
2. Consisting of or produced by rust.
3. Of a yellowish-red or brownish-red color.
4. razor to use with a rusty nail in some ritual not connected to the Dally case.
Estrella said the second conversation about the occult took on a more ominous tone.
Haun admitted to being a witch and ``told me that she practiced white magic and was looking into black magic and liked to do spells,'' said Estrella, who did not recall whether Haun explained the different types of magic.
``I asked her if she had ever done a human sacrifice because black magic usually goes with sacrifices - I know that from watching a lot of TV,'' Estrella said. ``She told me no, but she was thinking of doing one.''
The defendant allegedly had a victim in mind.
``She had told me she had a male friend who had a birthday coming up and he had selected a victim,'' Estrella said, noting that she and co-workers later found out Michael Dally's birthday is May 21.
Estrella protested to Haun and said she questioned her about whether the victim had a family or children. ``She had told me, `What if their mother beat the kid, is that OK?' And I said, `No, it isn't OK.' ''
Estrella said she was certain this conversation occurred between March 11 and March 20, 1996, because she mentioned the conversation about witchcraft witchcraft, a form of sorcery, or the magical manipulation of nature for self-aggrandizement, or for the benefit or harm of a client. This manipulation often involves the use of spirit-helpers, or familiars. to a friend who was visiting from out-of-state during that period.
``I told him, `I work with this witch,' and he said, `We all do.' And I said, `No, dude, this chick chick
abbreviation for chicken (1). is really a witch,' '' she recalled.
Defense attorneys sought to undermine Estrella's credibility as a witness.
On the stand Monday, Estrella said Haun covered her ears every time a deli frying machine made a screeching high-pitched noise. Estrella said Haun explained this aversion a·ver·sion
1. A fixed, intense dislike; repugnance, as of crowds.
2. A feeling of extreme repugnance accompanied by avoidance or rejection. was because she was ``part wolf.''
But in testimony to the grand jury last year, Estrella said she had not personally heard Haun make the wolf statement, only that it had been relayed to her through a co-worker.
She attempted to resolve this contradiction CONTRADICTION. The incompatibility, contrariety, and evident opposition of two ideas, which are the subject of one and the same proposition.
2. In general, when a party accused of a crime contradicts himself, it is presumed he does so because he is guilty for Monday by saying that she had personally heard and been told of Haun's claim of being part wolf.
Estrella also admitted she disapproved of Haun's affair with a married man, which she said was open knowledge among supermarket employees.